MACRONUS

(Timaliidae; Ϯ Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler M. ptilosus) Gr. μακρος makros  long; ονυξ onux, ονυχος onukhos  finger-nail (alluding to the broad white plumes); "[Plate 150] Macronus ptilosus.   [Text] MACRONOUS, PTILOSUS, NOBIS    LONG FEATHERED MACRONOUS.   WHEN we first saw this bird we were inclined to consider it as a species of Timalia, having the peculiar form of the plumage developed to an extraordinary extent. The form of the bill, however, and of the rictus, is entirely different, and points out a fissirostral type.  ...  the most marked character, which we have endeavoured to express in the generic or sub-generic title we have provisionally applied, is in a series of plumes which spring from the centre of the back, and from the sides of the breast; these have the quill broad, and flat at the base, (and of a clear white colour,) where it is furnished with soft and downy webs, but which as they advance upon the shafts, become like fine and delicate hairy filaments, which hang over the rest of the plumage: all the other feathering of the bird is remarkably loose and unconnected, but without any rigidity."(Jardine & Selby 1835); "Macronous1 Jardine and Selby, 1835, Illustr. Orn., text to pl. 150. Type, by monotypy, Macronous ptilosus Jardine and Selby.   ...   1 Spelling used by first revisor (Blyth, 1842, Journ. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 11, p. 795). However, the plate is lettered Macronus and the editors would prefer to maintain this more frequently used spelling.—Eds." (Deignan and Mayr & Paynter in Peters 1964, X, 318).
Var. Macronous. 
Synon. Minodoria.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 19 January 2019).